Curriculum Vitae

r. Tim Lüddecke

Dr. Tim Lüddecke
Institutional address: Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Animal Venomics Research Group, Ohlebergsweg.12, 35392 Gießen                                                                                                     
Mail: tim.lueddecke@outlook.com

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Education and Positions:

04/2021 – current           Junior Research Group Leader at Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology; Gießen
Head of Animal Venomics Research Group in FhG IME-BR section “Biodiversity Research”.

09/2018 – current           Affiliated Researcher at LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics,  Frankfurt
Since 2021 member of the steering committee and secondary spokesperson for the Fraunhofer society.

09/2018 – 03/2021            PhD Student at Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology; Gießen
Thesis:”How the integration of phylogenetics and Venomics resolves persistent challenges in evolutionary systematics and toxinology – lessons from the spider kingdom” (summa cum laude) Supervision: Prof. Dr. A. Vilcinskas, Co-supervision: Dr. S. Lemke and Dr. habil. B.M. von Reumont.

04/2016 – 08/2018           Student at Technical University of Braunschweig (Master); Braunschweig
Specialisation: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Genetics
Thesis:”Biochemical analyses of salamander chemical defense: Characterization of novel toxins and survey of the Salamandra skin poison proteome” (1,0 – very good) Supervision: Prof. Dr. M. Vences and Prof. Dr. S. Steinfartz.

10/2012 – 04/2016           Student at Technical University of Braunschweig (Bachelor); Braunschweig
Specialisation subjects: Animal morphology, Biochemical ecology
Thesis:”Analysen von Salamander-Alkaloiden durch Gaschromatographie: Methodenentwicklung, Biosynthese, Metabolismus und Variabilität” (1,0 – very good) Supervision: Prof. Dr. M. Vences and Prof. Dr. S. Steinfartz.

08/2008 – 09/2012           Lab Technician at Heubach GmbH; Langelsheim
Specialisation: Instrumental analytics, organic synthesis and process engineering.

07/2008                           Abitur at Robert Bosch Gesamtschule; Hildesheim
Specialisation: Biology, Chemistry and History.

Competitive funding and grants:
2022 – German Research Foundation (DFG) Individual Proposal “Funktionsvenomik der Kreuzotter (Vipera berus) in Deutschland: Untersuchungen zur Zusammensetzung, Funktion und ökologischen Plastizität von Tiergiften in einer einheimischen Modellart” (219.400€).
2020 – Fraunhofer Publication Fonds (1600€).
2019 – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Travel Grant (2600€).
2019 – German Embassy of Ecuador Travel Grant (1500€).
2017 – German Arachnological Society (DeArGe) Young Researcher Grant “Untersuchungen zur Vogelspinnenevolution mittels Phylogenomik” (1800€).

Scientific Awards:
2021 – Dissertation prize for the best doctoral Thesis of the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen.

Board memberships:
2021 – current   Steering committee member of the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics.
2020 – 2021        Substitute management committee member for Germany in the EU COST action “European Venom Network – EUVEN”.
2019 – current   Second chairman of the German Arachnological Society.  

Service as an editor:
2021 – current  Associate editor at Physiological Entomology.
2021 – current  Review editor at Frontiers in Pharmacology.

Service as a reviewer:
Communications Biology, Diversity, International Journal of Environmental Science and Public Health, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Salamandra, Scientific Reports, Toxins (reviewer board member since 2021), Toxicon, Toxicon:X, Toxin Reviews, Zoological Research.

Participation on symposia and congresses:
GfG summer meeting 2016 – Adaption in nature – from ecology to genomes (Braunschweig, 2016); Spring meeting 2018 of the ZAG Wirbellose (Halle, 2018); Arachnoweekend 2018 of the DeArGe (Hessisch Lichtenau, 2018); Deutscher  Herpetologentag 2018 of the DGHT (Magdeburg, 2018); INSECTA 2018 (Gießen, 2018); Recombinant Protein Production 10 of the European Federation of Biotechnology (Hersonissos, Greece 2019); 2nd Congresso Latinoamericano de Biogeografia and Humboldt 250 Conference (Quito, Ecuador 2019); 2019 World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (Buenos Aires, Argentina 2019),  Bioengineering of Toxins 2019 of the SFET (Paris, France 2019); Peptide Therapeutics Forum 2020 of the Swiss Chemical Society (Covid19 caused online conference, 2020); Arachnoweekend 2021 of the DeArGe (Covid19 caused online conference, 2021); Ento21 conference of the Royal Entomological Society (Covid19 caused online conference, 2021); International Toxin Talks 2021 (Covid19 caused online conference, 2021).                                   

Memberships in scientific associations:
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB); Deutsche Arachnologische Gesellschaft/ German Society for Arachnology (DeArGe), International Society on Toxinology (IST); French Society of Toxinology (SFET); European Federation of Biotechnology, German Society for Herpetology and Herpetoculture (DGHT).